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Victory by Joseph Conrad
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This novel is somewhat of a slow-cooker, but it boils up to a rather astounding, yet eminently plausible finale. Things are subtle, and if the reader is not much of an admirer of Conrad, the book can be slow going, but mark my words: this one is worth your time.

If you are looking for an early 20th century work with strong, active, but not entirely modern depictions of women – for a dissertation or research – this book is a fairly good pick if you can't find any others. There is a bit of racial skulduggery, as well, but a person expects that in a work from 1914 set in the Pacific.

All that said, though, Lord Jim is a lot more enjoyable at the cost of some subtlety – the narratives are so similar that it is becoming clear to me that Joe C's mind was somewhat caught up on the romantic imagery of the South Pacific. Then again, as he proves in this book, Conrad is exactly the type who should be.
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